One of BibleForge’s unique features is that each word in the English is linked to the word(s) in the Greek and Hebrew from which it is translated. This makes BibleForge a powerful tool for analyzing the Biblical texts. Although there are many features still in the works, BibleForge already has the ability to preform some powerful searches already. Here are a few examples.
BibleForge knows lots of grammatical information about each word of the New Testament (the Old Testament is still being worked on), so you can search for a word that has a particular grammatical feature. For example, the word love in English can be a noun, verb, or even an adjective. But with BibleForge, you can specify which part of speech you want to find. To find the word love only when it is used as a noun, you simply type
love AS NOUN. This will find every time the word love is used as a noun in the New Testament.
BibleForge can also search for other types of information, such as verb tense or noun gender. So you could search for
love AS FUTURE to find every time the word love is used in the future tense.
BibleForge can search for any number of different grammatical features. So, if you wanted to find joy when it occurs in the 2nd person, plural, active mood, you can search for
joy AS SECOND_PERSON, PLURAL, ACTIVE.
Also, like other searches, wild cards are allowed. So you could replace
j* and it will find every word starting with “j” in New Testament that is in the 2nd person, plural, active mood. Or simply use
* by itself to find any word with the corresponding grammatical features.
And not only can BibleForge search for grammatical features, it can also search for words that are red letter, italic, or small caps (the divine Name of God). So, if you wanted to find every occurrence of when Jesus used the word love as a command, simply search for
love AS RED, IMPERATIVE.
Furthermore, it may be helpful to find a word that does not have a certain characteristic. To do this, simply add the word
NOT before the keyword. So to find the word give when it is spoken by Jesus but not in the first person, you could search for
give AS RED, NOT FIRST_PERSON.
Currently, the grammatical search feature is hidden from the user, but work is being done to make this intuitive and easy to use. But for now, for a list of all of the possible keywords, check out the Advanced Search Keywords page on our wiki.
Please feel free to ask any questions about this or other BibleForge features.
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